What should a Christian wife do, if she’s married to an unbeliever? Generally, I think there are two possible responses. The first is to be tempted to break the marriage covenant:
- Maybe she hit the road, and dump the guy?
- Perhaps she should preach to him incessantly, and heckle him to “get saved” and become a Christian?
- Should she take a judgmental, self-righteous attitude?
The second response is to be tempted to mix your Christian faith into secular culture, in an attempt to curb any possible offense it might cause in your family, and in society – go along to get along, as they say:
- Maybe she should go with her husband to worship the gods and goddesses at the pagan temple?
- Maybe she should burn incense in homage to the Emperor?
- Maybe she should internalize her faith, and make it a totally private affair. In other words, become a “secret” Christian?
In this passage (1 Peter 3:1-7), the Apostle Peter talks about this problem. His advice is very, very simple – be submissive to your unbelieving husband, because he might be won over to the Gospel by your Christlike way of life.